Wilmington Jewish community shows solidarity after mass shooting

Shabbat service is held in Downtown Wilmington nearly a week after the mass Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Nearly a week after 11 people were killed in one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in U.S. History, dozens came out for Shabbat service in Downtown Wilmington.

Temple of Israel Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov says in some ways tonight was no different than any other Shabbat, but their world has forever changed.

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She says an online movement called ‘Show up for Shabbat’ has encouraged all Jewish people to come together to pray, celebrate, and to mourn and heal after last week’s events.

“We must never let fear come over our faith. We must make sure to stand up to those who would promote intolerance, hatred, or violence. And we cannot shrink away from what it means to be Jewish,” said Losben-Ostrov.

8th, 9th, and 10th grade students helped to lead tonight’s service.

The Rabbi says extra safety precautions are being taken.